If you recently purchased a condominium or just sold one, congratulations are in order. Most people who buy or sell a condo are so excited about their purchase or sale that they never give a second thought about moving. That is until moving day arrives and it turns from a dream into a nightmare.
You see condominiums are essentially a collective ownership of a building by many people. While it can be a highly efficient form of housing, it comes with the burden of rules and regulations established by a condominium declaration and a borad of directors.
Frequently, the rules and regulations govern how and when you may move in or out of the building. Unless the building is very modern and has numerous oversized freight elevators, moving is usually restricted to weekdays during normal business hours. The reason given is so that other residents are not deprived of normal elevator availability during peak rush hours and during the weekend. Noise control early in the morning or after dinner time is also a frequent concern.
Accordingly, elevators are usually in hot demand during the moving season and there is only so much availability to go around. Accordingly, you would do well to reserve an elevator date and time immediately upon completing the purchase or sale of your condo. Then get on the phone with your mover to make sure that she is available.
Lastly, the rules and regulations will likely require your mover to be insured for both public liability, property damage and workers compensation of at least one million dollars in the event there is damage to the building or a worker gets injured. Condominium management companies are very particular about seeing evuidence of the insurance coverages prior to the move and usually require a certificate of insurance several days in advance of the move. Make sure that you get the condominium buildings insurance requirements in writing and pass them along to your mover well in advance of the move as it can take several days to a week for the movers insurance company to issue and send your building a certificate of insurance.
Lastly, most condominium buildings require that movers pad the elevators and install carpet and floor protection in the lobby, elevators and hallways. If there is any damage that results from your move, the condominium association will hold you financially responsible. So communicate this requirement ot your mover early.
Once you have arranged for the elevator, the mover, a certificate of insurance and floor protection, you can relax and enjoy the move.